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Brad Coulter
Setting EQ and effects for Fran Drescher
on May 11, 2017 at 6:21:49 pm

I'm editing some video testimonials and I use Audition for the audio. One of the interview subjects has, perhaps, the most irritating voice I have ever heard. Does anyone have any subtle tips or tricks I might use to cut that back a little bit. I know I'm not going to be able to make her sound like, you know, a normal person, but if I could just ease off the nasal a tad it would help. If you've ever heard Fran Drescher talk, it's almost exactly like that.


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Chris Wright
Re: Setting EQ and effects for Fran Drescher
on May 12, 2017 at 2:50:32 pm

declip, declick, click/pop, parametric equalizer and multiband compression are your friend. heck, if its that annoying, you can pitch shift them!


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Brad Coulter
Re: Setting EQ and effects for Fran Drescher
on May 12, 2017 at 4:21:42 pm

Thanks! I'll give those a go.

Here's what it sounds like by the way.

https://soundcloud.com/brad-coulter/fran

http://www.betherecreative.com


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Simon Billington
Re: Setting EQ and effects for Fran Drescher
on Jul 18, 2017 at 11:15:26 am

Actually there are certain frequencies that will create that kind of effect. Noise repair tools wont help in this situation.

Generally harsh frequencies can be found around 3-5kHz, sibilance 6-10kHz and the nasal sound around 900Hz-2kHz. What frequencies you address really does depend on the subject.

In general, once you find the irritating frequencies you can use a standard eq to "notch them out" and pull them down a bit. Too much can have detrimental effects to the quality of the audio. Not enough nasal frequencies and a voice can lack presence, not enough harsh frequencies and a voice can sound dull and not cut through enough, not enough sibilant frequencies and a person can sound like they have a lisp.

If you find you need to pull more frequency content out, but it is having a negative effect on the overall sound, then you need to back off the eq till it sounds reasonable and use a dynamic eq on top of that. Something like this for example. They generally don't comes standard so you may have to purchase one.


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Brad Coulter
Re: Setting EQ and effects for Fran Drescher
on Jul 18, 2017 at 9:47:24 pm

Very helpful. Thanks for that. That gives me some things to toy around with.


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